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Rod Rosenstein expecting to be fired, AP reports

Rod Rosenstein expecting to be fired, AP reports

Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein was headed to the White House Monday morning and he expects to be fired, the Associated Press reported.

Citing two unnamed sources, the news site said he is stepping down in expectation of being fired by President Donald Trump over reports that he questioned Trump's fitness for office. He angrily asked confidants, both inside and outside the White House, how to respond. Rosenstein strongly denied the report. "I haven't gotten all the facts", the president said in the radio interview that aired Monday.

"I remember this meeting and remember the wire comment", a source who was in the room told Fox News.

Top Republicans say the episode is the latest chapter in a story that deserves its own investigation on a level equal to Robert Mueller's ongoing Russian Federation collusion probe.

Solicitor General Noel Francisco, the highest-ranking Senate confirmed official below Rosenstein in the Justice Department, would take control of the Mueller investigation.

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The administration official, whom Trump has called for a federal investigation to unmask, wrote that there was a group of officials working to safeguard the country from the president's most unsafe impulses. At that moment, the Federal Bureau of Investigation was deeply suspicious of Rosenstein's role in the decision, and the Justice Department was anxious it had lost credibility with Congress for giving Trump a memo that said the Federal Bureau of Investigation needed new leadership. He was supervising the probe after Attorney General Jeff Sessions had to recuse himself because of his involvement in the campaign.

Just days into his job as the No. 2 official at Justice, Rosenstein authored a memo criticizing Comey's handling of the earlier investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server for government work.

"Rod deserves the right to be heard, and I'm sure at some point the president will bring Rod in and say, 'Rod, if you think I'm incompetent, if you feel the need to wear a wire when you talk to me, then why are you serving in the administration?'" Rep. Trey Gowdy, South Carolina Republican, told CBS's "Face the Nation" program on Sunday.

Trump also criticized Sessions' handling of immigration, saying he was "disappointed" with the attorney general for "many reasons".


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